Tata Consultancy Services has today announced it is working with the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) to deploy iON Cloud solutions to transform how doctors interact with each other. The partnership will enable the postgraduate medical training college to create an online community which helps doctors share expertise and access online courses throughout their careers.

The new tool called The Physician Network is a resource based on the TCS iON Digital Learning Platform to enable virtual ‘common-interest communities’ and facilitate best practice knowledge-sharing. Doctors will be able to collaborate from any location around the world, using the mobile-optimised solution to share insights and learnings with other medical professionals.

RCPI’s assessment process has also been digitised, removing the need for paper-based examinations and delivering significant cost and time efficiencies.

Mr. Leo Kearns, CEO, RCPI said: “The world of higher education is changing and the solutions TCS is innovating help to put RCPI at the forefront of an emerging trend that sees technology being used to support doctors in the delivery of care and in their own professional development throughout their careers.

“Our network of doctors is our greatest asset which is why we are committed to their professional development, through both online courses and through collaborative knowledge exchange, so that new ideas and techniques and discoveries can be readily shared and adopted globally. TCS has worked closely with RCPI to determine our needs and to ensure that the technology we deploy enables us to equip our members for the medical world of today and tomorrow.”

Speaking about the partnership Mr. V Ramaswamy, Global Head, TCS iON said “The education sector is facing a revolutionary change globally with evolving needs of the institutes and the students. TCS iON is a superior cloud based solution that addresses these changes and enables institutions to enhance the experience of their stakeholders. We are privileged to have partnered with the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland to successfully transform RCPI’s education platforms and streamlining their processes.”

The TCS iON Digital Assessment platform is also being used to allow doctors in Ireland, India, Oman, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Malaysia to take the internationally-benchmarked Membership Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MRCPI) examinations. The efficiencies delivered as part of the RCPI solution have enabled greater capacity in digital assessment, increasing the number of doctors who can sit RCPI examinations in international centres, and will also reduce the waiting time for exam results from 30 days to just seven days.

Shankar Narayanan, Head of UK & Ireland at TCS said: “We are delighted to have been selected as the chosen digital partner of the RCPI to transform its education platforms and streamline processes during this exciting period of change.”

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